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Connecticut: town of New Milford (in Litchfield County):
On 1 February 1806, Philip Wells emancipated his slave Rhoda. This event is recorded in New Milford Deeds 24:627 as follows:
Emancipation of Rhoda, a Negro woman
We the subscribers having examined into the age character and health of Rhoda a Negro woman now a slave to Philip Wells, she having signified to us her desire to be freed & set at liberty from her said Master; do by these give liberty, and approve of her manumission.
New Milford February 1st 1806 Josiah Starr Justice of Peace
I hereby Certify that I have and do by these presents manumit and set at liberty my Negro woman named Rhoda from all claim I have on her as a Slave; and do hereby fully & forever free & set her at liberty from all claims & demands that I or my heirs have or might have upon her as a Slave, as aforesaid; as witness my hand.
Josiah Starr}witnesses Philip Wells
Recorded Feb'ry 20th 1806.
pr. Elisha Bostwick, Register.
This is quoted in "The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 2," (Wethersfield, Conn.: Welles Family Association, 2015), 449.